Under the Dome

Party campaign finances pick up

With candidates for state and federal office beginning to emerge, we can expect a costly and bruising amount of money and air time being spent in North Carolina over the coming year and a half.

A quick look at the party money that’s lining up shows Democrats and Republicans pulling in about the same amount at this early stage. That’s going to change once the super PACs start throwing their money around.

The most recent reports show the North Carolina Republican Party’s state and federal committees raised $1.2 million and the Democratic Party committees raised $1 million in the first half of this year.

At the state level, Democrats brought in $632,000 compared to $420,000 for Republicans. At the federal level, Republicans brought in $674,000 compared to $574,000, which includes funding from the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee and other committees.

Big-spending campaigns will be the contests over U.S. Rep. Richard Burr’s seat, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s position.